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Using a social and emotional competence scale to assess the impact of the Aucouturier Psychomotor Programme (PPA) on Grade 1 learners in a Primary School in KwaZulu Natal previously exposed to that Programme.

REPORT for PEISA and the School by

Ashley van Heerden, Mary van der Riet, Lance Lachenicht, Micaela Lambert, Nombuso Matenjwa, Amanda Mwelase, ChrissanneCuppusamy, Mulalo Mashamba, Nonkululeko Khuzwayo, Itumeleng Manoko, Yvonne Mdakane, Samkele Dlamuka, Nkazimulo Ntanzi

University of KwaZulu Natal
School of Applied Human Sciences
Discipline of Psychology


5 November 2018
Conclusion of the evaluation:

In recent years research has shown that pre schoolers’ socio-emotional development is critical for both current and prospective well being, mental health (Denham, 2006 ) and academic success (Campbell Von Stauffenberg, 2008). Given the significance of building these skills, programmes which foster socio-emotional behaviours and competencies within the South African context are vital.

This research project assessed Grade 1 ’s socio emotional behaviours and skills in relation to a psychomotor education programme implemented by PEISA at a Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal. Results from a multiple regression analysis indicated that the PPA was significantly associated with prosocial behaviours and leadership in children, independent from gender and age. Findings underscore the need to pay increased attention to socio-emotional competence in preschools and classroom practice. This study provided preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of this programme in earlychildhood.